‘David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with castanets, harps, lyres, tambourines, rattles and cymbals.’ 2 Samuel 6.5
Worship is meant to be the most wonderful thing in the world; something that reflects the wonder of what is going on in heaven. Yet all too often our experience of worship certainly doesn’t seem to reflect this. One of the reasons is to do with what we put into it.
When we read of David and his men celebrating with ‘all their might’, the picture is of them putting their energy into it and not letting other people do it for them. This isn’t an invitation to take castanets and drums with you to your next church service, but rather to recognise that what you get out of worship is very much linked to what you put into it. You can sing a hymn or song as a passive action, or you can give the words your attention and let your heart be touched by what you are singing. This is a choice that you, and only you, can make.
The next time you are in church, or even worshipping on your own, reflect on how much you are putting into it, or whether it is simply happening around you with little involvement on your part.